||1851 $20 AU58 NGC. CAC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. With large quantities of gold arriving from San Francisco to be converted into coins, double eagle production in Philadelphia exceeded 2 million pieces in 1851, nearly double the number produced the year before. Despite this high mintage, Mint State survivors are decidedly scarce, and none have been certified finer than MS64. This nearly Uncirculated piece displays luminous apricot-gold luster in the recesses, with unusually smooth surfaces and proportionately high eye appeal. A trace of friction is detected upon close examination, though the detail remains virtually complete. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $90.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $5140.63. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.